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The content of this lesson has been developed with GamCare, the leading UK provider of free information, advice and support for anyone harmed by gambling.
This lesson is for students aged 11-14, to help them understand the connection between online gaming, decision making and health and financial wellbeing. Using Charlie’s story, students will investigate the connection between habits and wellbeing as well as how risky decisions do not always pay off.
By using these activities, your class will discover ways that behaviour can affect not only our own wellbeing but also the relationships of those around us. They could be surprised at how habits can affect actions, thoughts, and feelings.
By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
Anyone who is worried or has concerns following this lesson (for themselves or others) should talk to a trusted adult, such as their parent or teacher.
GamCare provides a dedicated support service for young people who are experiencing issues related to gambling. Young People, Parents, and Professionals can access support through the BigDeal website: https://www.bigdeal.org.uk/get-help or by phoning the National Gambling Helpline free on 0808 8020 133.
Barclays Digital Wings has articles which can support you, parents and guardians around your children’s relationship with gaming. Understanding the benefits and risks of online gaming explores the positives and negatives which gaming can bring, whilst Helping your child develop a healthy relationship with gaming provides tips on supporting positive gaming behaviours. Please note, you will need to register for a free account to access the articles.
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